brass tacks


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brass tacks

pl.n. Informal
Essential facts; basics: getting down to brass tacks.

brass tacks

pl n
informal basic realities; hard facts (esp in the phrase get down to brass tacks)

brass′ tacks′


n.pl.
the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities.
[1895–1900]
Translations

brass tacks

npl to get down to brass tacks (fam) → venire al sodo
References in classic literature ?
will you get down to brass tacks and strike a trial balance?
Those who knew him or trafficked with him said that when it came to brass tacks he was Danny-on-the-Spot.
His gun is lavishly decorated with brass tacks and vermilion, and provided with a fringed cover, occasionally of buckskin, ornamented here and there with a feather.
It's getting down to brass tacks in the high school girls basketball season.
Kate Brown first extolled the beauty of the Oregon Coast and then got down to brass tacks.
As the new year dawns, let's get down to brass tacks and reveal just how much the powers-that-be earn.
Not since 2008, when Kirk Shepherd, the kid from a brass tacks factory in Ramsgate, has a qualifier reached the PDC world championship final.
When you get down to brass tacks, living in the city destroys habitat, sending more animals to an area too small to support the animals, thus, some animals die.
The top one fourth is decorated in a unique combination of incised elements and brass tacks.
In this issue, we get down to brass tacks about the financial health of U.
The peace negotiators got down to the brass tacks a day after holding an opening ceremony that marked the formal resumption of peace talks currently being held at the Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo, Norway.
They have had quite a bit of contact with (President) Assad in recent weeks and obviously if the cessation of hostilities is going to transform into a true transition for Syria, it is going to have to involve getting down to brass tacks on what that political transition looks like", the official added.